Do Business Schools have a Plan B for Plan S?


For those involved in STEM research and the publishing industry, the last year has been all about Plan S and its potential impact on both constituencies. But what are the consequences, unintended or otherwise, for business schools and their research programmes? Simon Linacre lifts the lid on Plan S and what might be in store…

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The Power of Ecosystems


Richard Straub tracks the growing interest in ecosystems and their profound implications for management education and research and development.    By spotting emerging trends, managers could act on and shape these forces to the benefit of wider society.   Peter Drucker always said that his interest in management was an offshoot of his preoccupation with…

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Much ado about …scientific research


Defining a sustainable research and development strategy gives many business schools a headache. Michael Haenlein suggests some cures.   If there is one thing most, if not all, business school deans can agree on it is that research is an expensive activity. Several years ago, Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich from the Wharton School at…

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An infinite loop: Management and research-in-action

It is time for a new, coordinated and collaborative approach to management research say Andrea Cuomo, Yves Doz, Mikko Kosonen, Christophe Midler and José Santos.    Michael Porter and Nitin Nohria, respectively University Professor and Dean of the Harvard Business School, after years of survey research into the role of CEOs, state unequivocally: “surprisingly little…

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Results Oriented

Pioneering the learning and leadership that meets the urgency of our times – Results from the GRLI Deans and Directors Cohort. Collated by John North and Claire Sommer.   To achieve the kind of world we consider human, some people had to dare to break the thrall of tradition. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Hungarian psychologist and author…

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Facilitating responsible research

Michael Bisaccio explains how a new blacklist is making it harder for ‘predatory journals’ to hoax academics and others In June 2017, Cabells (see box page 55) launched the Journal Blacklist—a subscription based searchable database of “predatory journals”, with detailed reports listing specific violations for each journal—as a counterpart to the Whitelist, a database containing critical information on verified and reputable academic journals.…

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Why care about impact?

The impact, or otherwise, of academic research in management and business is a current hot topic but Peter McKiernan and William Glick suggest a cooler, more measured approach The European Enlightenment shaped much of our present educational world. The intellectual elites of the day placed great emphasis on the usefulness of science to a changing social and economic society. John…

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Does academic research have to have impact?

Not necessarily say Udo Steffens and Michael Grote. What is more important for both researchers and students is that research and teaching is based on rigorous scientific thinking A current lively discussion among business school deans centres on measuring the impact of not only business schools themselves but also of the research they carry out. The catchphrase to be heard is: “impact is…

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Research that Matters: Thoughts on Reinventing Scientific (Management) Research

Scientific research, and particularly management research, is in dire straits, accused of lack of relevance and impact and an unhealthy preoccupation with theoretical and methodological rigor. Marco Busi suggests some solutions. The original, noble purpose of universities was to conduct research that would contribute to advancing societal understanding and well-being. And being a scholar automatically…

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Major Disruption Ahead!

Ulrich Hommel and Christophe Lejeune discuss how technology could change the business model of business schools. Technology-enhanced learning (either in a blended or distance format) is making marked inroads in management education. Leading business schools have added online streams to their flagship programmes and the entire sector is rapidly expanding the use of e-learning tools…

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The Business of Business Schools Investigated

Eric Cornuel assesses the results and implications of the EFMD’s first research conference. An increasing understanding of our institutions and our industry confirms how vital leadership, change and innovation are for the business school and management education community. The early days of the EFMD R&D initiative identified core research themes for management education as a…

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Castles in the Sky or More Reality?

Wolfgang Lassl offers some thoughts on the relationship between business academia and managers. The 16th century marked the end of medieval castles. The power of gunpowder turned their walls into paperboard and the rise of cities as the vibrant centres of society made rural castles irrelevant. So, are we now seeing similar changes with regard…

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Needed: Academic Triathletes

Santiago Iñiguez argues that what business schools need today is multi-faceted and well-rounded faculty. When the Olympic Games were founded in Ancient Greece sometime during the eighth century BC, the king of sports was the Pentathlon.

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Making the Case for Cases

Is there an irreconcilable separation between faculty who do research and those who concentrate on teaching? Mark Jenkins argues that world-class academics and thought leaders do both making the case for cases. It is a common perception that in many higher education institutions there are faculty mainly engaged in research and those whose main brief…

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Unlikely Heroes

A 21st century publishing revolution? John Peters looks at the post-publication environment and its unlikely heroes. If we reflect on the publishing landmarks of the early 21st century so far, we may first thinkof JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson. The multimillion- selling epics of good and evil, love and loss, vampires…

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Reconnecting with the business world

“Socially Responsible Scholarship”, Anne S Tsui suggests how business school scholars can overcome the growing criticism of irrelevant and self-serving research. For the past 25 years, business school research has been criticised for its serious disconnection from the world of business practice.

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Embedding Values

EFMD-GlobalFocus Mag

Mark Moody-Stuart examines the difficulties of ensuring that the right values are agreed, understood and truly embedded in a large multicultural business organisation. I once attended a large dinner and discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on standards for not-for-profit organisations. The debate was mainly between the leaders of such organisations asking…

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Enhancing Talent Development and Talent Acquisition

Global Focus

Amber Wigmore Alvarez and Boris Nowalski, both at IE Business School, describe current changes to the way companies and business schools manage talent. Corporate Human Resources Officers (CHROs) should think differently about how they attract and develop talent. As we meet with CHROs worldwide, in almost every industry and sector, it is intriguing to see…

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How being embedded in your region helps growth

EFMD-Global Focus Business Mag

Thomas Bieger explains how the University of St.Gallen used the new Business School Impact System to consolidate and build on its local roots. Imagine you are the chief executive of an airport whose customers are rather dispersed.

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Going from EPAS to EQUIS and AACSB … and from AACSB to EPAS

EFMD Global Focus Magazine

Anne-Joëlle Philippart explains how the mix of EFMD and AACSB accreditation models helped achieve a rapid improvement of the quality assurance system at HEC-Liège. HEC-Liège, the management school of the University of Liege, Belgium, is the result of the 2005 merger of two Liege business schools.The city of Liege has undergone profound industrial change focused…

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Solving the Global Talent Equation

Global Focus EFMD Mag

Mike Johnson offers some thoughts on the challenges facing business leaders tasked with managing our organisations today and tomorrow. Peter Lorange is angry. This well-seasoned academic, innovator and business leader thinks that it is high time a lot of his contemporaries woke up to the fact that the organisation has changed irretrievably – and do…

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Reinvigorating the PhD

Global Focus Mag EFMD Business

PhDs are increasingly under scrutiny for being ‘irrelevant’ and ‘lacking impact’. But given the right tools, Simon Linacre at Emerald Group Publishing believes that they still have much to offer. It may surprise some to know that the PhD, as it is today, only goes back to the 19th Century. As a result of education…

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From Great to Gone – Lessons for Business Schools

The EFMD Global Fous Mag

Peter Lorange and Jimmi Rembiszewski argue that business schools must react more urgently to a new type of student. Evidence from business suggests that we are faced with an entirely new class of consumers – the IT-fluent multitaskers – and that these may require a different set of innovations behind the products and services they…

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